Ellen DeGeneres convinced a guy to give her a dog he was abusing

Ellen Degeneres
Ellen DeGeneres has an interview with People Magazine in which she talks about her beloved pets. Ellen and her wife, Portia de Rossi, have two dogs and three cats. She talked fondly of her animals, and told the story about how she rescued her poodle-Maltese mix, Wolf, from a man who was abusing him. It sounds like a homeless person, but it’s hard to tell. People Magazine is launching a new section of their website dedicated to pets, where they posted this interview with the talk show hostess, who is promoting a line of organic dog food through QVC.

Q: And Wolf, you said you rescued him, when you first saw him, what was that connection like when you saw the dog and knew, that one’s for me?

A: Well, he was being mistreated. That’s how I knew. I wasn’t looking for a dog. I happened to spot a man that was not completely balanced. He was a guy that was mistreating the dog. He was swinging the dog around and doing things to it and I went over to him and offered to give him some money. It was a long, long story but the guy was very strange and had smuggled the dog in from Mexico and was not planning on doing things to it, so it took me hours to get that dog from that guy. Anyway, Wolf was in pretty bad shape. He was tiny … he was [malnourished], he couldn’t stand up. His back legs couldn’t support him because he had never been put down and maybe damaged on the way in, being smuggled in. It’s just the craziest story. But he’s just the craziest, sweetest dog now. Just a love!

[From Peoplepets.com]

In her People interview, Ellen said that she had dreams of becoming a veterinarian as a child but that she learned more about the profession and realized that she couldn’t go through with it.

It sounds somewhat questionable to convince a homeless person to give up their pet, but if Ellen witnessed the man swinging the poor dog around, then it was the right thing to do. Wolf surely has a much better and longer life than he would have had with his previous owner.

Ellen caused some controversy in the fall of 2007 when she spoke emotionally on her talk show about the plight of a little dog, Iggy. Ellen adopted the dog from an agency and then decided to give it up to her hairdresser’s family in violation of her adoption contract, which stipulated that animals cannot be transfered as all families are carefully evaluated. What’s more is that the new family had children under the age of 14, which was not allowed under the agency’s rules. Iggy was forcefully taken from the family Ellen chose after the little dog lived with them for two weeks, which was traumatic for their children. He now lives with another family chosen by the agency.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are shown at the People’s Choice Awards on 1/7/09. Credit: PRPhotos

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi

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  1. Exiled says:

    The poor dog and never been allowed to walk on his own??? 🙁

  2. Scribe85 says:

    While it is beautiful to think that DeGeneres saved an abused animal, there is something off about that story. Something that doesn’t quite ring true.

  3. Wonder Woman says:

    Somethnig about this story that doesnt ring true? ug… why does their always need to be some type of dramatic plot for every story? She saved a dog, I wish more people were like that. leave it as that

  4. Scribe85 says:

    Well WW, it’s possible she DIDN’T save the dog and it’s just a great PR story.

  5. Tia says:

    OF COURSE SHE SAVED THE DOG. WTF?? Trust me as a fellow animal lover, which apparently is hard for some of you to understand. I have done that same thing many times. I have offered to buy dogs from people who were mistreating them in hopes of taking them and finding them a new wonderful home. If you love animals, you can’t sit by and watch something like that happen. I have always loved Ellen and she is such a wonderful human being, stories like this just make me love her that much more. THANK YOU ELLEN FOR BEING A DECENT LOVING HUMAN BEING !!!!!!

  6. Michelle says:

    I don’t think this story is fabricated. I go to school in downtown Toronto, and I’ve seen a relatively homeless-looking, unclean, sketchy guy walking around in winter with a tiny ass kitten, which looked scared out of its wits. The guy was just sauntering around downtown, doing nothing, but what the f&ck was he doing with a kitten outside? It didn’t look that big, either. Who knows what he did with the kitten after? A lot of people, and I mean A LOT of people, do not care for their animals properly. At least Ellen saved a dog from an obviously dangerous and cruel situation. Can’t say the same for others, i.e. Paris (not that she and Ellen are of the same calibre).

  7. Mandy says:

    Good for Ellen! And the man who gave her the dog also deserves some credit for not being selfish. I’m sure he misses his pet, but he did the right thing by entrusting it to someone who could provide for it properly.

  8. Mandy says:

    I should add that my comment assumes the Ellen’s assessment of the man’s mental health was correct. The fact that it took her a while to convince him seems to suggest that he cared about the dog very much, and didn’t realize how much he was hurting it.

  9. Jag says:

    ditto what Mandy said (thumbs up)

  10. Scribe85 says:

    Well, maybe you are all right. Ellen would never do anything for publicity. I eat my words.

  11. Annie says:

    Good for Ellen.

    I wish I had the means to do the same thing every time I see a dog living on the streets with some person who talks to poles. It really makes you wonder about what kind of life this dog really has.

    I mean, especially when you can give it a loving home, with a warm bed, lotsa toys and all the treats in the world!

    (Yes…my dog is spoiled…BUT!!! He’s healthy! 🙂 I take him on long walks and little hikes so he can stay fit from all those goodies!)

  12. MomInNH says:

    I too have had a similar situation. When I was around 6 or 7 years old my mother and I were walking through the park. There was an obviously homeless man sitting on a bench holding a small frightened puppy by the neck.

    My mom says I heard the dog whining and crying and ran right over. I asked him how come he was choking his puppy, didn’t he like him? I assured him that if I had a cute little puppy I’d hug him and play with him and brush him.

    Long story short, the man eventually gave the puppy to me and told me to take good care of it. I named him Charlie and we took the pup to the vet for shots and a checkup and were told that his back legs and several of his ribs were broken. Cost a small fortune to fix him up, but he lived with us for many years before he passed away.

    Good for Ellen for making a difference in an animal’s life!!

  13. kaligula says:

    the lesbians *do* love their dogs, don’t they! thank heavens for them. if there were no lesbians, think of how many more stray dogs there’d be. not joking. it’s true and i appreciate it.

  14. Armand says:

    Ellen is very sensitive and cares about people and animals. After Katrina she visited her hometown and broke down sobbing with strangers on the street. She loves animals too.
    The people posting comments about something not being right or taking up for the nut case on the street need to put some different glasses on because the lens they view the world from is “kind of not quite right”, “kind of funny and suspicious”.